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The Harriman Institute is pleased to sponsor First Look 20/21, the Museum of the Moving Image’s acclaimed festival of innovative new international cinema. Join us for the U.S. premier of Comets (2019).
Dir. Tamar Shavgulidze. Georgia. 2019, 71 mins. In Georgian with English subtitles. With Nino Kasradze, Ketevan Gegeshidze, Ekaterine Kalatozishvili, Nina Mazodier, Mariam Iremashvili.
More than three decades after leaving, Irina (Nino Kasradze) returns to the outskirts of Tbilisi, to the summer house of her youth, as well as to the person who has lingered heavily in her memory: Nana (Ketevan Gegeshidze) with whom she shared an inseparable bond that raised eyebrows in their small community. In the years since, Nana remained, married, and raised two children, including a now-grown daughter also named Irina (Ekaterine Kalatozishvili). In the yard where they spent their teenage years, the air is dense with the unspoken and the unrequited, their past selves enfolded into the reality of who they have become and might yet be. Georgian director Tamar Shavgulidze’s second feature is a marvel of economy, allowing import to develop over time and on her actors’ faces, before confidently employing an ingenious formal gambit to sensitively gesture toward the inexpressible.
Tickets: $15 / $11 seniors & students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / $7 MoMI members. Order online. After your purchase (limit 4 tickets per order), an electronic ticket will be sent via email to facilitate contactless check-in; seating will be assigned upon arrival on a first-come, first-seated basis. Learn more here.